Technology is turning education on its head. The days of a teacher talking at the front of the room and students quietly absorbing new information from their desks are going by the wayside. One-to-one programs are putting tablets and laptops in the hands of students, and video conferencing is enabling them to learn from virtually anywhere. The result: Students are becoming empowered to take control of their own education.

Video collaboration tools give students and educators access to resources they otherwise wouldn’t have. Classes in the Midwest are going on virtual field trips on the coast, and educators are supplementing their STEM curriculums by connecting students to subject matter experts at companies and universities. And, yet, research by Polycom shows that educators are not maximizing the potential of technology to support meaningful learning in the classroom.

But that seems very likely to change in the near future. Thanks to distance learning grants like the RUS-DLT, these opportunities are being made available to more schools every year. In fact, Polycom research also indicates that education delivery will shift from teachers and lecturers today to the students themselves as well as online learning consortiums, by 2025. That means working on mobile devices and collaborating with others in real-time via video. More of the same—but on a greater scale.

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